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François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague.

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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard
Audio commentary by film scholars Annette Insdorf and Peter Brunette
Exclusive new video interviews with actors Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois and director of photography Raoul Coutard
Rare interview with François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman
Two documentary excerpts featuring Truffaut on the film and the source novel
The Music of George Delerue, an illustrated audioessay
Dubois’ screen test
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring film critic Kent Jones, an interview with Truffaut, and the director on Aznavour and Dubois

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CC315 Shoot the Piano Player DVD (1962/Francois Truffaut) $39.95